Matt Harvey is a professional baseball player who played in Major League Baseball for teams like the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles. The right-handed pitcher, however, hasn’t had a team since the end of the 2021 season when he was placed on the 60-day injured list by the Orioles due to a right knee ailment. But despite not having featured in a game since mid-2021, Harvey has still featured in the news for his use and distribution of banned drugs, including cocaine.
Biography Summary of Matt Harvey
- Full Name: Matthew Edward Harvey
- Nickname: The Dark Night
- Date of Birth: March 27, 1989
- Place of Birth: New London, Connecticut
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Ethnicity: Irish Italian
- Nationality: American
- Education: Fitch Senior High School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Occupation: Professional Baseball Player
- Height: 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm)
- Weight: 102 kg
- Matt Harvey Parents: Ed and Jackie Harvey
- Siblings: Two Sisters (Jessica and Jocelyn)
- Matt Harvey Net Worth: $10 million
- Instagram: mattharvey33
Matt Harvey Regularly Used Cocaine while Playing For The Mets and Angels
On February 15, 2022, Matt Harvey testified in federal court that he had regularly used cocaine, Percocet pills, and other controlled substances while playing for the Mets and Angels. He particularly admitted to having used these drugs while in the dugout and clubhouse of the Angels.
Harvey agreed to speak about his drug use in court after he received a subpoena and was granted immunity from prosecution to testify. He would, however, have to testify against former Angels’ director of communications Eric Kay. Kay is accused of supplying late Angels player Tyler Skaggs with drugs that killed him. Skaggs died in July 2019 after choking on his own vomit in a Southlake, Texas hotel room. According to a Toxicology report that was done, Skaggs was under the influence of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol when he died.
Harvey was Taught Baseball by His Father Who Played in College
Matt Harvey is the son of Jackie and Ed Harvey. While not much is known about his mother other than that she is a teacher, we know that his father played a key role in him becoming a professional baseball player.
Ed Harvey worked as a teacher and coached the Fitch Senior High School baseball team, the same school where he was a standout college athlete. The older Harvey would go on to play college baseball and football at the University of Connecticut. His most notable achievement from the time was making an appearance in the 1972 College World Series.
He was Selected Seventh Overall by the New York Mets in 2010
Matt Harvey had the chance of turning pro in 2007 straight out of high school where he played with future Major League Baseball pitcher Jesse Hahn. Matt was selected by the Angles with the 118th overall pick and was offered a $1 million signing bonus. The athlete, however, took the advice of his handlers and rejected the offer as he enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Harvey spent the next three years perfecting his game and so by the 2010 MLB Draft, he was highly rated. He would go on to be selected 7th overall by the Mets.
Following stints at a few minor league teams, the pitcher was eventually included in the Mets’ roster as the fifth starter for the 2012 campaign. He made his debut on July 26, 2012, in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Matt Harvey Didn’t Quite Live up to Expectation
In his second season as a pro athlete, Matt Harvey impressed his coaches with his arm strength and control. This prompted his team manager to say that he had the potential of becoming the best ever Mets pitcher.
However, injuries, ineffectiveness, and a general unsporting lifestyle that has been revealed to include drug use, would limit the star player from fulfilling potential. On one occasion, he got suspended for three games without pay by the Mets in May 2017 for violating team rules. It was revealed that Harvey did not show up for a Mets game because he partied late into the night the day before.
Harvey Gained a Reputation of Dating High Profile Women
During his active playing days, Matt Harvey dated only high society women that included fashion models and television personalities. This made him a constant feature in gossip columns.
While it is not clear who the athlete is currently dating, he has most recently been linked to television personality Lo Bosworth and Polish-Ukrainian Instagram model Kristina Krishka. He previously dated Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima and was linked to other models like Anne Vyalitsyna, Ania Cywinska, and Ashley Haas.
He is Worth $10 Million
Matt Harvey has an estimated net worth of $10 million which mostly came from his earnings as a baseball player. In 2018, he signed a one-year contract worth $5,625,000. In the previous years, he was paid $4,325,000 in 2016 and $5,125,000 in 2017.
Awards and Recognitions
On his Major League Baseball debut, Matt Harvey set a New York Mets franchise record for most strikeouts in a game. He also became the first player in modern history to strike out 10 or more batters and get two hits on their Major League debut with his total of 18 strikeouts which was also a Mets record for a rookie.
He earned an All-Star selection in 2013 and was crowned the National League Comeback Player of the Year in 2015.